Flash mob was a treat
On behalf of everyone who witnessed the flash mob at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, we would like to thank all the Glimmerglass Festival orchestra musicians that volunteered to perform along with guest singer, Jeff Gwaltney. Unaccustomedas market shoppers are to finding orchestra musicians playing among meat coolers and freshly picked produce, shoppers had a magical experience.
The volume of the truly joyous whoop that came from the crowd when the performance finished said it all! It was an unexpected treat that delighted everyone. Thank you for sharing your passion for music with the community. We are pleased that members of the orchestra often shop at the farmers’ market.
This dedicated group of summer residents comes year after year from as far away as Italy, Hawaii, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Canada to play for the opera season. When asked why orchestra members travel such great distances, musician Dee Dee Fancher answered, “because we love working together and we love this community which we are part of for at least 10 weeks every summer… I have been coming to Glimmerglass for 18 years, some have come even longer.” For whatever the reasons, we are pleased this dedicated group of folks is part of our community.
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Not going to fight this battle
As Chief of the Cooperstown Fire Department, I would like to address the loss of the noon whistle. I have received many inquiries asking me what the fire department was going to do about the loss of the noon whistle. My answer is nothing, because this is not a fire department battle. As I was growing up, I was always told to pick my battles, and as I said, this is not a fire department battle.
The fire department will still have the siren blown for firematic emergencies.
The noon whistle for many years has had its purpose. Obviously, it was to let everyone know when it was noon. The other purpose of the noon whistle was to test our emergency siren.
I can say that of all the inquiries that I have received, all of them were for bringing back the noon whistle. To that I personally agree. I like the noon whistle. I have told the residents who have contacted me, that if they feel strong enough about this they should attend the village board meeting and let them know their feelings. Or they should at least send the village board a letter advising them where they stand on this issue.
As far as the OSHA standard that Dr. Frank spoke of, OSHA only deals with employees and the levels of which they are exposed to during their working hours. The levels of the noon whistle are within the acceptable levels for some standards and just above the standards for OSHA standards.
Once again, if you want to be heard on the issue of the noon whistle, let the village board know your feelings not the fire chief. Thank you.
Cooperstown Fire Chief
Autographs should not be about profit
The Induction Weekend is clearly the busiest weekend for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the village. Every year people from all over the country flock to this here to celebrate their baseball hero getting inducted into the HOF. My son and I have enjoyed this weekend over the years as it is a fun opportunity to get close to legendary players such as Yogi Berra or perhaps Willie Mays. But it is disturbing at the same time.
My son concurs: After walking around for an hour (and this is nothing new really) you see the legends hocking their signatures on balls and pictures of themselves for a fee. Get a picture with Lou Pinella ($40), Yogi Berra ($60), Willie Mays ($200+), Pete Rose and Joe Morgan ($65) andthe price-list goes on and on. I’m always amazed at how many people will pay ... they line up by the dozens. Clearly it’s profitable.
My son and I adopted a policy long ago to never pay for a signature. We think it’s sort of “un-American” and disgraceful to our American pastime. It’s simply tacky and greedy to watch these legends make their fans pay. Why does the Hall of Fame tolerate this?
My son has been pretty successful at tracking some of these superheros down and getting them to sign the old fashioned way ... for free ... and with gratitude for the fans. His persistence has paid off. Cal Riken, Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, etc., these guys contributed to long-lasting and fond memories for my boy.
These guys were class acts!
Last Friday we went to Cooperstown to walk around...and maybe get lucky with a ball signing. Soon enough a legend passed us on the sidewalk.
Fergie Jenkins. My son has tried unsuccessfully to get Fergie in the past, so he decided to try again. Fergie was walking back to his hotel with his manager.
There were a few other kids following as well. One of the kids eventually got him to stop after he kept asking for a signature ... .directly in front of the Cooper Inn.
Then it happened, Fergie fired back saying “How can I sign your ball? Can’t you see there’s like eight people behind you? If I sign for you I have to sign for everybody!” Then the poor kid offered to pay. The boy pulled out a $20 bill and suddenly Fergie was willing.
Three other kids also pulled out $20 bills...and Mr. Jenkins kept signing. His manager just threw the money in his gym bag like it was a drug deal.
I have a picture of this transaction taking place. All I could do is shake my head. Such greed. This should stop now.
Flash mob was a treat
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Congratulations to Lucy Ford for winning a state title
Cooperstown's Lucy Ford needed a personal best to win a state title in the high jump Saturday at the New York State Track and Field Championships in Middletown. Ford, a junior, didn't just get her personal best with her jump of 5-feet, 5-inches. She broke her own school record, again, and became the first CCS girl to win a state title in track and field.Continued ...
Mother Nature throws Hall a curveball
A couple of weeks ago when we wrote that we hoped the date change for the National Baseball Hall of Fame's annual seven-inning exhibition game would be a hit we were not expecting Mother Nature to force an alternative plan all together. Now there is no way to know if the Memorial Day Weekend would have been a better suit as we cannot compare apples to oranges.Continued ...
Roses to those who participated and contributed to this year's Cooperstown/Otsego County Relay for Life.Continued ...
Hopefully HOF Classic date change is a hit
The National Baseball Hall of Fameâ€™s annual seven-inning exhibition game has seen a drop in attendance in the last couple of year. The Hall of Fame Classic began as a Fatherâ€™s Day event, was then moved to the Saturday before the holiday, and is now being held on Memorial Day Weekend.Continued ...
Congratulations Cooperstown softball
It is hard to believe that Cooperstown's softball team had never won a division or playoff title until this week.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 9, 2013
Happy CYB has found a home
Cooperstown Youth Baseball has finally found a home. However, it is a bit sad it could not be in the village that is often referred to as the "home of baseball."Continued ...
- Thursday, May 2, 2013
Change is never taken lightly
We are glad the Cooperstown Central School Board finally chose a nickname, but were surprised by the plummeting attendance rate at meetings pertaining to the matter. What seemed to be a hot-button issue attracting nearly 100 people for and against a name change at initial meetings seemed to simmer to complete no shows toward the end.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tax cap is deceiving
As if figuring out one's tax bill isn't mind boggling enough. In its second year of implantation, the 2 percent limit on property tax increases makes things all that more complicated. One cannot just assume his or her individual taxes will not increase more than the cap threshold.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 11, 2013
Earth Festival is a good start to spring
We hope Mother Nature brings us some sunshine and spring weather this weekend. But if not, there is a predominantly inside event coming up that should help get visitors thinking about spring.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 4, 2013
Education heading in wrong direction
It is good to see that with teachers changing their curriculums to teach for the Common Core State Standards that there is still some hands-on learning going on locally.Continued ...
- Congratulations to Lucy Ford for winning a state title
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I received this statement from Christine Drew Martin, a former resident of Oaksville, who is the daughter of the late Ruth Yule, beloved English teacher at CCS.Continued ...
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Kudos to Mayor Jeff Katz and the board of trustees for revisiting the possibility of using paid parking to raise the funds necessary to keep our village streets in good condition.Continued ...
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